Feb 19, 2016 4:38 AM GMT
Most of us going through our schooling years, hate or hated math. Its the most hated subject out of all the 'requirements' hands down. Beside hating math, which I have at least three relatives who are now math teachers including one of my grand mothers, who has passed (dads side). I have a learning disability when it comes to math.
These learning disabilities tend to run in families. My niece has a reading disability called Dyslexia, as explained below. My disability with math is very strange, unless its more common than I think it is, just people don't talk about it, but I want to know if any of you have the same issue.
The only way math and higher levels of it, makes sense to me is if the math 'problem' is actually applied in a real life, say work situation. A very good example of this would be doing your own taxes and having to understand percentage, and how that percentage is applied.
The opposite, just listening to an instructor, say in front of a classroom black board, discuss and explain percentages and their fractions and or linear conversions completely turns off my brain. Every time I have to use some sort of mathematics in work, I have to use it as if I am applying the problem to really solve
Its kind of funny, I have this friend, who is now a chemist by profession. And he is a wizard at math, not just any math though, level 5-6 of college Calculus!. Not only does he apply this type math to his everyday work, but he enjoys doing these calculus problems just for fun! Much like an artist likes to doodle. But, as I excelled in economics and its understanding, my friend hates economics and does very poorly in its understanding and application, he can barely balance his check book!
As someone older, been in the workforce, this is what I see wrong with todays college level requirements. Some colleges now offer help for those with these types disabilities in order to assist people with them to attain higher level education. I could not grasp certain math courses taught in a classroom, but if the math is applied, such as geometry, in one of my blueprint specifications at work, I am fine with finding a solution. This could be why mathematics in general gets a really bad rap, without applying it, its dull and boring. At least in a classroom English class, you can apply your own writing style. In a classroom math class, there is a static, and status quo way to solve the problem. Just as with Dyslexia, if schools changed the way math is taught, then more people might enjoy it. zzzzzzzzzzzz
Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn.
The cause of dyslexia is believed to involve both genetic and environmental factors. Some cases run in families. It often occurs in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is associated with similar difficulties with numbers. It may begin in adulthood as the result of a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or dementia. The underlying mechanisms are problems within the brain's language processing. Dyslexia is diagnosed through a series of tests of memory, spelling, vision, and reading skills. Dyslexia is separate from reading difficulties caused by insufficient teaching; or either hearing or vision problems.
Treatment involves adjusting teaching methods to meet the person's needs. While not curing the underlying problem, it may decrease the degree of symptoms. Treatments targeting vision are not effective. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting 3–7 % of the population; however, up to 20% may have some degree of symptoms. While dyslexia is more often diagnosed in men, it has been suggested that it affects men and women equally. Dyslexia occurs in all areas of the world. Some believe that dyslexia should be best considered as a different way of learning, with both benefits and downsides